Tottenham’s local traders were the special guests as we defeated Russian side Rubin Kazan 1-0 in last night’s UEFA Europa League tie at White Hart Lane.
Local businesses, Haringey Council workers and emergency services staff most affected by August’s disturbances in Tottenham were invited to the game through the Club’s Tickets for Tottenham initiative.
A range of local businesses, including restaurants, hairdressers and supermarkets, were represented, alongside Homes for Haringey, Council Support Officers and the local Fire Brigade.
Gary Mabbutt, our former captain and current Club Ambassador, visited a number of local businesses prior to kick off, and the Club also called on its fans to arrive early for the game and spend time on Tottenham High Road, bringing much-needed life and activity to the area and its businesses.
Roman Pavlyuchenko’s 34th-minute winner made it a night to remember for all in attendance, as Harry Redknapp’s side went to the top of their Europa League group.
Gary said: “It was great to see so many of our local traders with us at the game, alongside Council workers and emergency services staff. The Club is committed to supporting fellow businesses in the area and the Tickets for Tottenham initiative is just one example of the work we are doing. We will continue to encourage our fans to arrive early for home games to eat, drink and shop along the High Road, while the Club’s players continue to play an active role in the community through supporting the work of the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation.”
Moaz Nanjuwany, Chair of the Tottenham Traders Partnership, said: “I speak on behalf of all local traders invited on the night in saying we were overwhelmed by the show of support we have received from the Club. It was also great to see so many fans out on the High Road before the game engaging in local business and seeing the team win made the night even more special. I look forward to continuing to build our close working relationship with Tottenham Hotspur and its supporters over the coming weeks, months and years.”
Chris Lane, Tottenham Town Centre Manager, Haringey Council, said: “Tickets for Tottenham was a wonderful gesture from the Club and initiatives like this make such a huge difference to the community spirit along the High Road. Haringey Council will continue to work closely with the Tottenham Traders Partnership and the Club to promote the spirit of togetherness and help to boost business trading back into the area.”
Rob Davies, Tottenham Fire Station Manager, said: “Thank you to Tottenham Hotspur for welcoming the London Fire Brigade and other organisations to White Hart Lane. The night of August 6 will live long in the memories of my staff and I. It is comforting to know the Brigade’s efforts continue to be recognised and that the community spirit in Tottenham remains strong.”
Tottenham Hotspur continues to work closely with Haringey Council and the Tottenham Traders Partnership following the summer’s disturbances.
In the immediate aftermath of those events, the Club supported Haringey Council’s Community Assistance Centre and made a donation to the Mayor’s Special Fund set up to help raise money for those affected.
Members of Tottenham Hotspur’s first team squad are also regularly active in the local community throughout the football season in support of the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation.
The Tottenham Hotspur Foundation uses sport, and in particular football, as a vehicle to create life-changing opportunities for children, groups and individuals within the Club’s communities. This is achieved by working with a wide range of partners, including central and local government departments, schools, colleges, businesses and charitable trusts to design programmes that engage with all sections of the community.
In 2010, the Foundation reached a landmark, creating one million life changing opportunities for people in its communities in only four years having been established in 2006.
Our picture shows, from left to right - Nicky Price, Moaz Nanjuwany (Tottenham Traders Partnership), Gary Mabbutt (Tottenham Hotspur), Chris Lane (Haringey Council), Rob Davies (London Fire Brigade).